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Ortelius - 31 Nights Itinerary B

Traveling around the world or “just” from South America to New Zealand and Australia? Why not take the spectacular shortcut via the Antarctica. This new exploratory voyage to Campbell Island, home to the Southern Royal Albatross, to the huts of Shackleton and Scott on Ross Island, to the Bay of Whales and Kainan Bay, the starting points from where Norwegian Amundsen and the Japanese Shirase gained access to the ice-shelf in 1911 and 1912, and where Byrd wintered in Little America.

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“My wife and I just completed a 5-day tour around the Cotopaxi volcano and the stunning Quilotoa loop – overall an excellent trip and wonderful experience.”Bernd Bassalleck

Ortelius: Highlights

Southern Pole Voyage, Campbell Island, Ross Island, Kainan Bay

Ortelius: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Bluff, New Zealand
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Campbell Island
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Cape Adare
Day 10: The Ross Sea
Day 11: The Ross Sea
Day 12: Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley
Day 13: Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley
Day 14: Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley
Day 15: Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley
Day 16: Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley
Day 17: Ross Ice Shelf
Day 18:
Day 19: The Amundsen Sea
Day 20: The Amundsen Sea
Day 21: The Amundsen Sea
Day 22: The Amundsen Sea
Day 23: The Amundsen Sea
Day 24: The Amundsen Sea
Day 25: Peter I Island
Day 26: Bellingshausen Sea
Day 27: Bellingshausen Sea
Day 28: The Antarctic Peninsula
Day 29: The Antarctic Peninsula
Day 30: Drake Passage
Day 31: Drake Passage
Day 32: Ushuaia
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Ortelius: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Bluff, New Zealand

Our passengers embark on Ortelius.

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Dinner
Day 2
At Sea
At Sea
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Campbell Island

We plan to visit the sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campbell Island, with a luxuriant and blooming vegetation. The fauna on Campbell Island is fantastic with a large and easily accessible colony of Southern Royal Albatrosses on the main island and breeding Wandering, Campbell, Grey-headed, Black-browed, and Light-mantled Albatrosses on the satellite islands. Also three penguin species, Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins breed here. In the 18th century seals were hunted to extinction, but Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have recovered.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
At Sea

Sailing south to the entrance of the Ross Sea we may opt to set a course sailing by Scott Island depending on the weather forecast.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
At Sea

Sailing south to the entrance of the Ross Sea we may opt to set a course sailing by Scott Island depending on the weather forecast.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6
At Sea

Sailing south to the entrance of the Ross Sea we may opt to set a course sailing by Scott Island depending on the weather forecast.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7
At Sea

Sailing south to the entrance of the Ross Sea we may opt to set a course sailing by Scott Island depending on the weather forecast.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8
At Sea

Sailing south to the entrance of the Ross Sea we may opt to set a course sailing by Scott Island depending on the weather forecast.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9
Cape Adare

Cape Adare is the place where people for the very first time wintered on the Antarctic Continent. The hut where the Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899 is surrounded by a large colony of Adélie Penguins, which are now in autumn moult.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 10
The Ross Sea

Sailing southward along the west coast of the Ross Sea, we may attempt a landing at the specially protected area of Cape Hallet with a large Adélie Penguin rookery. Further south we find Terra Nova Bay where we aim to stop at the Drygalski Ice Tongue and the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station if the ice conditions allow.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 11
The Ross Sea

Sailing southward along the west coast of the Ross Sea, we may attempt a landing at the specially protected area of Cape Hallet with a large Adélie Penguin rookery. Further south we find Terra Nova Bay where we aim to stop at the Drygalski Ice Tongue and the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station if the ice conditions allow.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 12
Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base - the New Zealand equivalent. If ice blocks the entrance and weather conditions are otherwise favourable, we have the option to use the helicopters to offer landings in one or more places. From McMurdo Station we may offer a substantial 10 km hike to Castle Rock were we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will land in by Helicopter in Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. The conditions here are the closest you get to the conditions on Mars anywhere on Planet Earth.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 13
Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base - the New Zealand equivalent. If ice blocks the entrance and weather conditions are otherwise favourable, we have the option to use the helicopters to offer landings in one or more places. From McMurdo Station we may offer a substantial 10 km hike to Castle Rock were we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will land in by Helicopter in Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. The conditions here are the closest you get to the conditions on Mars anywhere on Planet Earth.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 14
Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base - the New Zealand equivalent. If ice blocks the entrance and weather conditions are otherwise favourable, we have the option to use the helicopters to offer landings in one or more places. From McMurdo Station we may offer a substantial 10 km hike to Castle Rock were we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will land in by Helicopter in Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. The conditions here are the closest you get to the conditions on Mars anywhere on Planet Earth.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 15
Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base - the New Zealand equivalent. If ice blocks the entrance and weather conditions are otherwise favourable, we have the option to use the helicopters to offer landings in one or more places. From McMurdo Station we may offer a substantial 10 km hike to Castle Rock were we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will land in by Helicopter in Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. The conditions here are the closest you get to the conditions on Mars anywhere on Planet Earth.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 16
Ross Island – Cape Evans – US-station McMurdo and Scott Base – Taylor Valley

In the Ross Sea we intend to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd with all the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We also intend to visit Cape Evans with the cabin of Robert Falcon Scott; from Hut Point, Scott and his men set out for the South Pole. We will further make attempts to visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base - the New Zealand equivalent. If ice blocks the entrance and weather conditions are otherwise favourable, we have the option to use the helicopters to offer landings in one or more places. From McMurdo Station we may offer a substantial 10 km hike to Castle Rock were we will have a great view across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South Pole. We will land in by Helicopter in Taylor Valley, one of the Dry Valleys. The conditions here are the closest you get to the conditions on Mars anywhere on Planet Earth.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 17
Ross Ice Shelf

Along the Ross Ice Shelf we sail to the east.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 18

We still sail along the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice, with a front 30 meters high. In the Bay of Whales at the eastern side of the shelf, close to Roosevelt Island (named by the American aviator Richard E. Byrd in 1934 for President Franklin D. Roosevelt), Roald Amundsen gained access to the Shelf and ventured to the South Pole, where he finally arrived on 14 December 1911. Also the Japanese explore Nobu Shirase had his camp in this area at Kainan Bay in 1912. We intend to attempt a helicopter landing on the Ross Ice Shelf if conditions allow for it.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 19
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 20
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 21
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 22
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 23
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 24
The Amundsen Sea

These days we sail through the Amundsen Sea along and through the outer fringes of the pack-ice, while we take advantage of the west-going Antarctic coastal current. The sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-flows, and also Orca's and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 25
Peter I Island

Peter I Island (or “Peter I Øy” in Norwegian) is an uninhabited volcanic island (19 kilometres long) in the Bellingshausen Sea. It was discovered by Fabian von Bellingshausen in 1821 and was named after the Russian Tsar Peter I.  It is claimed by Norway and considered a territory on its own. It is very rarely visited by passenger vessels due to the exposed nature of the place. If the weather conditions allow, we are likely to attempt a helicopter landing on the glaciated northern part of the island.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 26
Bellingshausen Sea
Bellingshausen Sea
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Day 27
Bellingshausen Sea
Bellingshausen Sea
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 28
The Antarctic Peninsula

In the Antarctic Peninsula we plan to visit Detaille Island. Detaille Island was discovered by the French expedition of Charcot (1903-05) and named for a shareholder in the Magellan Whaling Company.  From 1956 till 1959, The British Antarctic Survey had their “Station W” located on Detaille Island. Alternatively, we may visit the Fish Islands just north of the Antarctic Circle. The small islands lying east of Flouder Island are called the Minnows, first charted by the British Graham Land Expedition (1934-37) of John Rymill. Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags breed on the islands among myriads of large icebergs. We may set foot on the Continent for the first time in the stunning setting of Prospect Point. 

We will land on Pléneau Island, where fur seals may haul-out on the beaches. Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas are confirmed breeders. Pléneau Island was first charted by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05 of Jean-Baptiste Charcot and was named after his expedition’s photographer Paul Pléneau. We will also visit Petermann Island with colonies of Adélie and Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Petermann Island was named after the German geographer August Petermann who was a member of a German Expedition in 1873-74. Later that day we will head through the famous Lemaire Channel and set a course for the Drake Passage.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 29
The Antarctic Peninsula

In the Antarctic Peninsula we plan to visit Detaille Island. Detaille Island was discovered by the French expedition of Charcot (1903-05) and named for a shareholder in the Magellan Whaling Company.  From 1956 till 1959, The British Antarctic Survey had their “Station W” located on Detaille Island. Alternatively, we may visit the Fish Islands just north of the Antarctic Circle. The small islands lying east of Flouder Island are called the Minnows, first charted by the British Graham Land Expedition (1934-37) of John Rymill. Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags breed on the islands among myriads of large icebergs. We may set foot on the Continent for the first time in the stunning setting of Prospect Point. 

We will land on Pléneau Island, where fur seals may haul-out on the beaches. Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas are confirmed breeders. Pléneau Island was first charted by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05 of Jean-Baptiste Charcot and was named after his expedition’s photographer Paul Pléneau. We will also visit Petermann Island with colonies of Adélie and Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Petermann Island was named after the German geographer August Petermann who was a member of a German Expedition in 1873-74. Later that day we will head through the famous Lemaire Channel and set a course for the Drake Passage.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 30
Drake Passage
Drake Passage
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Day 31
Drake Passage
Drake Passage
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Day 32
Ushuaia

In the morning, we disembark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel

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Ortelius: Prices

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32US$ 36,400US$ 26,600US$ 20,700US$ 20,700US$ 38,600US$ 35,000
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  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • During voyages OTL23, OTL27 and OTL28: ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not included in the price:
  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements
  • Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Charges for all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
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